Ground Control’s cuisine reflects the cosmopolitan lifestyle of its owner, Sean, who offsets his nightly bartending with daily travels as a professional pilot. He and his wife, Tara, have also lived abroad, a sojourn that developed their taste for European dining. Now settled in Arizona, executive chef Chris Ibarra still satisfies their cravings—and those of their patrons—with scoops of house-made gelato atop stuffed crepes, short ribs braised in Guinness, and custom wood-fired pizzas crowned in ingredients such as roma tomatoes, duck, and gouda. Open for three meals a day, the eatery also anoints glasses with exotic ingredients by serving rich espresso drinks, creative cocktails, and sippy cups of water from the Fountain of Youth. Live music fills the space every Friday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Live musical acts put the ?tempo? in Tempo Urban Bistro and Coffee. On Saturday nights, the strum of a guitar or folks singing fills the bistro as guests enjoy such specialties as lobster mac 'n' cheese, beef short rib sliders, and jalapeno cornbread waffles with chicken. The bistro is decorated with framed artwork on the walls and vintage aluminum lights hang from the exposed ductwork ceiling. The coffee bar area, meanwhile, churns outs lattes, cappuccinos, and fresh pastries.
Arriba's team culls chilies grown in Hatch, New Mexico to assemble made-from-scratch New Mexican fare depicted on an extensive menu. Culinary tourists can take a trip to the border via the White Sands chimichanga plate—covered by a unity of spicy ground beef, green chili, and chicken guisado ($11.59)—or by way of the machaca green-corn tamales, which brandish machaca beef and a crown of green sauce ($10.99). Entrees typically come chaperoned by beans and rice, for a meal more multifaceted than a swiss-army knife glued to a smartphone. Dishes range in spiciness from “snappy” to “meltdown,” but can be prepared by mild by request, with the Santa Fe fajita salad ($11.99) falling in the former category and the eight-ounce steak Tampico ($17.99) dwelling in the latter category. Diners can also satiate smaller appetites with individual tamales or tostadas from the à la carte menu.
Cuisine Type: Buffalo-style chicken wings
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 5?10
Parking: Metered street parking
Most popular offering: Seasoned wings
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Pro Tip: Famous for our signature seasoned wings, with an additional 11 flavors to choose from
After two decades in the barbecue business, Anthony Yates has boiled his recipe for success down to some pretty simple ingredients: great wings, great sauces, and hot honey biscuits. He founded a whole restaurant based on serving this iconic meal in his hometown of Atlanta. Thus ATL Wings Your Way was born. Business flourished, and soon Mr. Yates began to open franchise locations. He kept the signature dishes consistent, exporting his recipe for lemon-pepper, teriyaki, ranch, and honey-barbecue sauces to each new kitchen. He also sent along his favorite recipes for fried okra and, perhaps most importantly, honey biscuits: sweet, fluffy sides that require no toppings to enjoy.
Sala Thai Restaurant rewards its most loyal customers with a free dinner on their eighth visit. Considering the restaurant’s extensive menu—there are more than 100 options—racking up that many meals isn’t a difficult task. Thai spring rolls stuffed with vegetables and fried tofu prep palates for nine styles of Thai curry and barbecue platters of shrimp, sweet sausage, and pork. The staff pairs their lengthy menu with more than a dozen frozen drinks blended from exotic fruits, Thai coffees and teas, and water on the lam from the blazing kitchen.
Those with curious palates can explore uncharted culinary waters at Chef Ben Sushi & Asian Express, where eel, pork cutlet, or beef are topped with spicy teriyaki or sweet and sour sauces and served in rice-filled bowls. Along with rice bowls, Chef Ben Sushi & Asian Express tempts diners with Asian staples such as sashimi and sushi–including hand rolls and deep-fried sushi.